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willing

adjective uk   /ˈwɪl.ɪŋ/ us  
be willing (to do sth) B1 to be happy to do something if it is needed: If you're willing to fly at night, you can get a much cheaper ticket. You said you needed a volunteer - well, I'm willing. Apparently John and Gabriel are willing for us to use their garden. approving describes someone who does their work energetically and enthusiastically: a willing helper
willingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 I would willingly (= be ready and enthusiastic to) help you if I weren't going away tomorrow.
willingness
noun [S or U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
B2 [+ to infinitive] She shows a willingness to work on her own initiative.
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